The following is an excerpt from Wendy Shalit’s book, A Return to Modesty, which I highly recommend.
Shortly after opening the chapter, bearing the name of the title of this post, the author presents a quotation from Edward Sandford Martin (1899):
“There is nothing the matter with girls…They are a good invention of the kind, and the kind is indispensable and has never been beaten. If you don’t think so, there is something the matter with you. When a race or nation doesn’t think so, it is an infallible symptom that there is something amiss with that nation. There isn’t any surer test of the progress of any people in civilization than its appreciation of girls.”